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TheMeatSite Newsletter - 15 December 2010
Wednesday 15th December 2010
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Editorial: EU Pig Industry Calls for Action Plan

The representatives of the European farmers organisations, the meat industry and the feed industry COPA/COGECA, UECBV, FEFAC, have highlighted the case for a comprehensive action plan seeking to move the EU pig sector out of the present crisis situation.

The proposals were put forward at the Reflection Day in Brussels organised by the Flemish Minister President Kris Peeters.

They insisted on the need to take a long-term approach to reinforce the long-term viability of the pig sector enhancing its capacity to supply sustainable, competitive pork to consumers in the EU and on world markets.

They are proposing a series of short-term, mid-term and long-term measures to maintain and develop the EU pork sector’s position as a world leader.

This comes at a time of untypical price trends for the EU pig markets. Prices are rising and demand for pig slaughter in Germany remains brisk.

In the US, the USDA has revised upward its forecast of meat production in both 2010 and 2011.

It is now estimating 2010 red meat and poultry production at 91.6 billion pounds. That is up 0.8 per cent from 2009 and up 0.6 per cent from their November estimate.

Pork production is expected to be down 2.9 per cent this year and turkey production down 0.9 per cent.

2010 beef production is expected to be up 0.9 per cent and broiler production up 3.4 per cent compared to last year.

In the UK, the National Farmers Union has welcomed the current rise in beef prices but has warned that it must continue.

The British beef market was top of the agenda when the National Farmers Union livestock board met this week.

Discussions centred on the present market situation and the need for continued commitment to British beef by the whole supply chain going into 2011.

NFU livestock board chairman Alistair Mackintosh said the industry could not afford a repeat of 2010 where prices have fallen consistently below the cost of production.

Chris Harris

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

Nanoparticles to Fight Listeria Longer
A Purdue University research team has developed a nanoparticle that can hold and release an antimicrobial agent as needed for extending the shelf life of foods susceptible to Listeria monocytogenes.
International Meat Review - 24 November 2010
US redmeat exports have grown by more than 16 per cent over the last year according to the latest figures in the International Meat Review.
World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates - December 2010
The forecast of total US meat production is raised for 2010 and 2011, according to the latest USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates.
UK Poultry and Poultry Meat Statistics - November 2010
By Defra. This monthly publication combines the UK Hatcheries Survey and Poultry Slaughterhouse Survey results together with other Defra statistics, and trade data. It includes data to October 2010. Online Book Shop
* Global Meat Processing Industry News


 » Meyn's New Building Underway

   United Kingdom

 » Beef Price Need to be Above Production Cost
 » LMC Report: Reduced Slaughterings In November
 » Beef And Milk Prices Must Rise - And Fast
 » New Brand Image for British Free Range Goose

   United States

 » Seaboard Completes Butterball Purchase
 » Cargill Invests $8 Million Into Beef Facility
 » CME: Livestock Imports from Canada Trend Lower
 » Pilgrim's Pride Announces Price of Senior Unsecured Notes
 » NCBA Opposes Food Safety Bill
 » Smithfield Shows Record Results
 » Undeclared Allergen Prompts Pork Recall
 » Cattle Outlook
 » USMEF’s Branded Products Promotion Programme
 » Meat Production Forecast for 2010 and 2011 Revised
 » Rethink on Campylobacter Antibiotic Resistance
 » AMI 2010 Meat and Poultry Facts Now Available
 » Strong 4th Quarter Marks Good Year for Sanderson
 » Pilgrim's Completes Offering
 » CME: Beef Exports Up, Pork Exports Down in October


 » Surapon Foods Opens New Chicken Plant


 » General FVO Approval for Canadian Poultry Health Controls
 » UAE Firms Invest in Pakistan Meat Industry
 » International Egg and Poultry Review: World


 » Hog and Poultry Days 2010: Pork Quality Competition
 » Animal Welfare Not Necessarily Legislation-Ensured
LIMA - Quality in Meat-bone Separation
   European Union

 » EU Pig Sector Calls for Key Changes
 » EU Pig Prices: Early Time for Giving


 » Frozen Beef Shipments To Japan Surge
 » Skinless Chicken Helps Long-Term Weight Control

   Korea, South

 » Lotte Mart Folds Cheap Chicken Venture


 » Turkish Beef Import Trends


 » Fall in Retail Prices for Dairy Products, Poultry Meat


 » New Plant for Poultry Meat Exports to Japan


 » Halal Beef from NE Brazil to Arab Markets


 » New Facilities, Expansion of Zhongpin's Changge Site


 » Pakistan Lifts Ban on Chinese Poultry

That's all for this week!


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